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Getting to Know a Pet Papillon

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A Papillon is a lapdog with plenty of character and energy. Despite being small and pampered, a pet Papillon knows how to work if needed – and work it does because it loves to please its people. Here’s everything else you have to know about Papillons.

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The Looks of a Pet Papillon

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Papillons closely resemble spaniels only they’re a lot smaller. The show ring height qualification for a pet Papillon is no more than 11 inches, and the dog breed weighs only between 4 and 7 pounds. A Papillon’s head is rounded between the ears, has wide innocent-looking eyes, and tapered short muzzle. Papillons’ can either be white, white with black patches, lemon, red, mahogany, and white with red, mahogany, or tan patches. Unlike other lapdog breeds with long, silky, flowing hair, however, a pet Papillon doesn’t have under coat. So grooming Papillons is a lot easier than grooming a Shih Tzu, for example.

Grooming a Papillon

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Because Papillons have no undercoat, a busy pet owner can brush his pet at least twice a week using a pin style brush. But when it’s shedding, you need to brush your pet Papillon more frequently. Bathing the dog every two weeks using vet-approved dog shampoo is enough to keep the coat healthy and clean. Trim the hairs on the pads, nails, and the hairs around the dog’s bottom to keep it neat. And because its ears are covered with long hairs, cleaning them with ear disinfectant is important to prevent infection.

Pet Papillon Temperament

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Unlike other small lapdog breeds, Papillons are less prone to develop small dog syndrome. However, if you don’t cap small dog syndrome behavior when your pet Papillion occasionally exhibits some, it could get used to it. So strike the behavior whenever it shows up. Papillons are good companion dogs, and they’re well behaved around older children. In fact, a pet Papillon is the recommended lapdog breed if you have children in the house. It wouldn’t hesitate to bark at strangers at the door, but will welcome them once you do.

Common Health Problems of a Papillon

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Papillons are expected to live from 15 to 18 years. Be prepared because some of these years you may spend with frequent visits to the vet for knee, eye, and dental problems. The dog breed is also prone to metabolic liver diseases, epilepsy, and thyroid problem. That seems a lot of diseases to watch out for from your pet Papillon. However, if you give your pet Papillon plenty of tender loving care, proper diet, regular checkup, and exercise, much of these diseases should be limited to bare minimum. However, most Papillons have certain type of sensitivity to anesthesia, so this should be taken into consideration too.

Pet Papillon Trivia

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The Papillon is the dog breed of choice of Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette of France. One of King Henri of France’s Papillons warned him about monk Jacques Clement once, but he did not listen and so he was killed by the monk. The Old Masters also love to paint the Papillon appearing on several of their works. The word Papillon in France means butterfly, and there’s no denying why the breed is called so. The Papillon’s large ears with long fanning hairs resembles like a fluttering butterfly when the dog is strutting.

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There you have it. That’s about everything you need to know to judge whether you’ll hit it off with a pet Papillon or not. If you do decide to buy one, please don’t get your pet Papillon from puppy mills. Get one from reputable breeders, or see if you can adopt one from an animal shelter near you. You don’t just make yourself happy, you’ll make another dog happy by providing it home too.

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